Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition

Tony Kushner

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1559363843

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes includes Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika

“Glorious. A monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterwork…Details of specific catastrophes may have changed since this Reagan-era AIDS epic won the Pulitzer and the Tony, but the real cosmic and human obsessions—power, religion, sex, responsibility, the future of the world—are as perilous, yet as falling-down funny, as ever.” –Linda Winer, Newsday

"A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama." - Frank Rich, New York Times

"A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty." - John Lahr, New Yorker

“An enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theater stretched to its full potential can achieve.” -Philadelphia Inquirer

"Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century." - John Heilpern, New York Observer

“Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” -New York Times

This new edition of Tony Kushner's masterpiece is published with the author's recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than twenty-six languages.

Tony Kushner’s plays include Angels in America; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown; The Illusion, adapted from the play by Pierre Cornelle; Slavs!; A Bright Room Called Day; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.


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(Pause.) 50 MILLENNIUM APPROACHES ROY: So say it. HENRY: Roy Cohn, you are . . . You have had sex with men, many many times, Roy, and one of them, or any number of them, has made you very sick. You have AIDS. ROY: AIDS. Your problem, Henry, is that you are hung up on words, on labels, that you believe they mean what they seem to mean. AIDS. Homosexual. Gay. Lesbian. You think these are names that tell you who someone sleeps with, but they don't tell you that. HENRY: NO? ROY: No. Like all

I thought maybe that with enough effort and will I could change myself. . . but I can't . . . PRIOR: Criminal. LOUIS: There oughta be a law. PRIOR: There is a law. You'll see. JOE: I'm losing ground here, I go walking, you want to know where I walk, I ... go to the park, or up and down 53rd Street, or places where. . . . And I keep swearing I won't go walking again, but I just can't. LOUIS: I need some privacy. PRIOR: That's new. LOUIS: Everything's JOE: I new, Prior. try to tighten

the cast as well as stagehands—which makes for an actor-driven event, as this must be. The moments of magic—all of them—are to be fully realized, as bits of wonderful theatrical illusion—which means it's OK if the wires show, and maybe it's good that they do, but the magic should at the same time be thoroughly amazing. (I have by now seen many productions of the two parts of Angels. The only ones that really succeed are the productions in which the director and designers invent great, fullblooded

Joe) You see La Cage? JOE: NO, I . . . 18 MILLENNIUM APPROACHES ROY: Fabulous. Best thing on Broadway. Maybe ever. (Button) Who? Aw, Jesus H. Christ, Harry, no, Harry, Judge John Francis Grimes, Manhattan Family Court. Do I have to do every goddam thing myself? Touch the bastard, Harry, and don't call me on this line again, I told you not to . . . JOE (Starting to get up): Roy, uh, should I wait outside or . . . ROY (To Joe): Oh sit. (To Harry) You hold. I pay you to hold fuck you Harry you

can give blowjobs. JOE: Harper. HARPER (Imitating his tone): Joe. It was a little Jewish lady with a German accent. This is a good time. For me to make a baby. (Little pause. Joe turns away.) 33 ANGELS IN AMERICA HARPER: Then they went on to a program about holes in the ozone layer. Over Antarctica. Skin burns, birds go blind, icebergs melt. The world's coming to an end. Scene 6 First week of November. In the men's room of the offices of the Brooklyn Federal Court of Appeals; Louis is

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